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The King’s Survey of the Channel Islands is the most beautiful book about the islands ever produced and that is entirely down to one Thomas Phillips.

There is no record of young Thomas until he passes his gunnery exams, so it is likely that he had no formal artistic training. He was, however, in the right place at the right time. When Colonel Legge was commissioned by Charles the Second to survey the islands he realised that one of his garrison was a talented painter and he made young Gunner Phillips the expedition artist.

Thomas knew that he was going somewhere beautiful, that his work would be put in front of the King and that the King liked flamboyance and decoration. In short he realised that this was a great opportunity. The work that he produced was beautiful, delighting His Majesty and leaving us with these stunning images of the islands frozen in time.

The prints were produced on the largest press in the British Isles under the watchful eye of Master Printer Stephen Rose. The paper used, an archival quality, 200gram Munken, was especially made for the project. There are 18 prints in the series and you can find out more about them by clicking on the button to the right of this page.


You can download our brochure by clicking on this link Download file It has all the details of the prints and the different ways of buying them and getting them delivered.

Alternatively please email:  mm@extraordinaryeditions.com for further information or to order.

Legge print 4 (approx 520 x1065mm)

Legge Print 17 (approx 520 x 747mm)